How We Studied for the Boards

Very useful gems in here!


I love learning new ways to learn almost as much as I love learning new stuff.  A few weeks ago, I read and summarized A Mind for Numbers by Barbara Oakley. A quick read, it’s the companion book to “the #1 most popular MOOC (massive open online course) of all time,” Learning How to Learn, taught by Oakley, an engineering professor, and by Terrence Sejnowski, a computational neuroscientist.  I signed up for the course a long time ago but didn’t check it out until this month.

Why did I summarize it, you may ask?  Well, I got into the habit of distilling books into high-yield summaries when I observed my brilliant medical school classmates summarizing our textbooks, back in the day.  (When a bunch of smart kids study the same hard stuff over four years, they learn some things from each other.)  I still summarize practical books whenever…

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Understanding the Philippine Healthcare System: A Collection of Online Resources

Planning to pursue further studies on public administration, public policy, health sciences, public health or just interested in the topic? Here are some of the relevant materials online for your perusal.  Actually, this is my list of things to read, too.

State of the Nation’s Health or Current Events

Consumerism and Capitalism

The Philippine Health Insurance Company (PHIC) and PhilHealth

Healthcare Delivery & Services

State Hospitals, Institutions

Our Public Healthcare Providers

Drug Pricing

Laws on Healthcare, Health-related Professions and Issues

Box Jellyfish

The sea is pregnant with solitary creatures. One of my favorites is the Chironex species. The way it negotiates the currents–fluidly, gracefully–displays an elegance of character. But this animal has more in store than what its minimalistic architecture shows. One can see through its translucent body but can never absolutely predict its behavior. Each thin tentacle can deal a damage more extensive than its reach. Magnificent, unassuming and strange is a box jellyfish.

Madness & Genius

There’s a thin line between madness and genius. Most people don’t readily see the demarcation, but believe enough in its existence. While a passionate few dedicate their lives to make the division universally, unequivocally apparent, a persistent few simply deny a difference.

On my end, however, I believe there is a difference, but a difference often tiny and subtle that only those who have eyes to see may see. The difference lies in the details one chooses to see and understand.

Few people are gifted with the ability to turn mundane and sometimes hostile discussions to inspiring ones.